December 2012
About Us
The Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment (AEA) at Creighton University provides ongoing support and resources to enhance teacher effectiveness and student learning.

To learn more about faculty development programming, assessment, course design, student learning processes and/or effective teaching methods, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), contact Mary Ann Danielson at 402.280.2535.

To help us all CONNECT, please forward your suggestions for materials to be included, as well as your awards and honors, to Danielson at As a campus, we should be celebrating our teaching and student learning successes!

Find past issues of this newsletter here.

The Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment (AEA) is proud to announce a workshop to complement the campus assessment certification/training efforts. Special thanks to AEA associate Brian Kokensparger for developing this unique “flipped” workshop format. BlueLine2 Assessment Tools Workshop is uniquely designed to offer faculty and staff the tools and knowledge needed to develop rubrics for their courses.

The self-paced workshop is formatted in three phases of BlueLine2 assessment knowledge:
  • Phase 1: General introduction to BlueLine2 assessment tools
  • Phase 2: Enrollment in an online course focused on assessment terminology and tools, and how they are implemented in BlueLine2
  • Phase 3: Joining a cohort of other faculty members for a one-time, hands-on session where you will build rubrics for your courses
Access the phases of BlueLine2 assessment tools and begin the process of creating course rubrics here.

If you have questions about the workshop or materials, contact Brian Kokensparger.

Save The Date
The 2013 IISSAM Faculty Development Institute scholar proposal deadline is Feb. 1, 2013. Proposal applications and information can be found here. The IISSAM conference will be held May 30-June 2 at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

SoTL Bibliography
Mick Healey, a higher education consultant and active SoTL scholar, has compiled a rich array of bibliographies and resources. This month, we feature his Active Learning and Learning Styles: A Selected Bibliography, as we encourage you to begin integrating more active-learning into your spring courses.

Online Teaching Course
The Creighton Office of Online Learning (COOL) is pleased to announce the availability of the Foundations of Effective Online Teaching and Learning certificate course. The course encompasses foundational knowledge and skills necessary for successful online course facilitation. This course is designed for anyone currently teaching or plan­ning to teach an online or hybrid course for Creighton University. Faculty new to teaching online at Creighton should complete the course; all other faculty are welcome, as well. Approximately eight to 10 hours are required to complete the course. An overview of the Foundations Course is available by contacting

Online Development
Creighton has an institutional membership to Sloan Consortium and WCET. Both are great resources dedicated to improving the quality of distance education. Sloan Consortium announced changes in the 2013 Institute program of events, which will encompass a certificate program, mastery series, workshop series and webinars.

Distance Education
A resource page that includes information on distance-education journals and distance-education scholarship is available on the COOL website.

Library Partnership
The Reinert Alumni Memorial Library partners with both COOL and AEA to offer campus-wide subscriptions. Take advantage of the great resources found in the December issues of the Teaching Professor and the Online Classroom. Contact Sally Gibson, 402.280.2228, for more information.
Requests for Proposals
Do you have a rubric that you think works particularly well for assessing student learning of any kind (course assignments, co-curricular, service-learning, etc.)? Do you think the rubric might be useful to other members of the Creighton community? If so, please consider submitting your rubric to the AEA office for inclusion in a Rubric Gallery and for possible inclusion in BlueLine2 at a University, college/school or departmental level. Send rubrics as an e-mail attachment to Brian Kokensparger. (Doc, docx, and pdf formats are preferred; URLs to publicly available web pages are also welcome.)

The 44th Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum (MSBRF) provides opportunities for young researchers from the health sciences, graduate, intern and resident programs throughout the U.S. Midwest and Canada to present their work in the biomedical sciences. Abstract submission information is available here. The deadline for abstract submission is Dec. 14, 2012. MSBRF will be held on Feb. 23, 2013, at Creighton University.

The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) is currently seeking article submissions for two special issues: Integrating Accessibility into Online Higher Education (submission deadline Dec. 14, 2012) and Online Learning and Open Educational Resources for International, Rural and Hard-to-Reach Populations (submission deadline Jan. 14, 2013).

Manuscripts Wanted
The Journal of Catholic Higher Education is now accepting manuscripts focused on how Catholic mission and identity are embodied in teaching, learning and service at Catholic colleges of nursing. Details of the call and manuscript submission guidelines may be found here. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2013. You may also contact Lorraine Sloma-Williams.
2013 Conferences

Mark Your Calendar
ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (ACCU), Feb. 2-4, 2013, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, D.C. Registration information.

VIRGINIA TECH 5th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION PEDAGOGY (CHEP), Feb. 6-8, 2013, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Va. Registration information.

THE SoTL COMMONS 6th ANNUAL CONFERENCE, hosted by The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CTLS), Georgia Southern University, Savannah, Ga., March 27-29, 2013. Registration information.

6th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR ONLINE LEARNING (ET4Online), April 9-11, 2013, Planet Hollywood Resort, Las Vegas, Nev. Conference information.

Conference information.

ASSOCIATION FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION (AALHE) THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE, June 3-5, 2013, Hilton Lexington/Downtown, Lexington, Ky. Proposal deadline Feb. 8, 2013. Conference information.

BLENDED LEARNING 10th ANNUAL CONFERENCE, July 8-9, 2013, Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee, Wis. Conference information.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON JUSTICE IN JESUIT HIGHER EDUCATION, Aug. 1-4, 2013. For more information, contact Roger Bergman.

19th ANNUAL SLOAN CONSORTIUM INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ONLINE LEARNING, Nov. 20-22, 2013, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Fla. Call for presentations scheduled to open in February. Conference information.